Partners and Funding
MIGIZI has received a $702,000 three-year grant from Youthprise's Opportunity Reboot initiative to support its Indigenous Pathways to Economic Independence - Green Jobs Pathway project. This funding opportunity is made available through a three-year $3 million Social Innovation Fund (SIF) grant to Youthprise for Opportunity Reboot. Youthprise is one of eight intermediaries from around the country to receive a SIF grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service in 2015.
The Green Jobs Pathway Project will provide 60 disconnected American Indian youth (ages 14-24) each year with the education, training, supports, and experiences needed to prepare them to become financially independent, self-determining adults. The project includes the following components intended to prepare youth for environmental stewardship and living-wage jobs in Minnesota's growing green economy:
- A 10-week Green Stewardship Institute focused on educating and engaging youth in hands-on learning and community service that promotes clean energy, energy conservation technologies, and environmental sustainability;
- Paid internships in high-demand, high-growth green jobs in the private and public sectors;
- Individual Development Accounts (IDAs) that provide a 4:1 match for youth savings earmarked for postsecondary education;
- Enrollment in dual credit coursework that enables high school youth to earn postsecondary credits in green pathway options while still in high school, thus getting a head start on college;
- Enrollment and completion of a postsecondary certificate, degree, or union apprenticeship in a green energy field
The project partners are:
- The Northwest Area Foundation that is providing IDA match and other support for the proposed project;
- STEP-UP Achieve that will provide paid internship opportunities for participating youth;
- The Center for Earth, Energy, and Democracy (CEED) that will provide environmental curriculum and guest instructors for the Green Stewardship Institute;
- Nawayee Center School that will enroll out-of-school students so that they can earn their high school diploma and participate in dual credit options;
- Dunwoody Institute and Minneapolis Community & Technical College (MCTC) that will work with MIGIZI to align our coursework with postsecondary standards and serve as guest instructors for the Stewardship Institute;
- And the Minneapolis Public Schools, Indian Education Department that will refer disconnected youth to our program.
Founded in 2010 by the McKnight Foundation, Youthprise is a nonprofit intermediary that invests in the future of Minnesota by investing in youth. The organization works on multiple levels: supporting nonprofit organizations that serve youth; aligning efforts through citywide and statewide initiatives; and providing opportunities directly to young people. Grounded in a commitment to addressing racial disparities, Youthprise works to increase young people's opportunities for learning and social emotional development, economic prosperity, and health and safety.
About the Social Innovation Fund
The Social Innovation Fund (SIF) unites public and private resources to evaluate and grow innovative community-based solutions with evidence of results. The SIF and its private-sector partners have invested more than half-a-billion dollars in compelling community solutions. As a result, the SIF has awarded grants to more than 35 community-based organizations and over 180 nonprofits working in 37 states and the District of Columbia. Authorized by the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act in April of 2009, the Social Innovation Fund is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), a federal agency focused on improving lives, strengthening communities, and fostering civic engagement through service and volunteering. CNCS engages more than five million Americans in service through its AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, Social Innovation Fund, and Volunteer Generation Fund programs, and leads the President's national call to service initiative, United We Serve. Since 1994, more than 830,000 Americans have provided more than 1 billion hours of service to their communities and country through AmeriCorps. Together, service and innovation provide a vehicle to harness the power of ordinary people and unleash the potential of innovative ideas to help address our communities' toughest social problems and transform lives.
Download the press release: SIF_press_release_MIgizi.pdf